Week 1: The Power of Nursing: One Nurse at a Time
As a Registered Nurse, you are a member of an honored profession that traces its roots back centuries. You are following in the footsteps of distinguished historical nursing figures such as Florence Nightingale, Lillian Wald, Mary Ezra Mahoney, Juan Ciudad, Mary Breckinridge, and Walt Whitman. Each applied professional skill sets to the specific demands of their time. Each left a legacy upon which the nursing profession has built a standard of care. Distinguished contemporary leaders are forging ahead with their legacies.
But times are constantly changing. Now it’s time to start building on the individual expertise and knowledge that you bring to Walden. The time has come for you to build your own legacy. Discover your passion, develop your leadership potential, and prepare yourself to make a difference in the lives of those affected by your nursing expertise.
Building your own professional legacy will not be without challenges. Registered Nurses (RNs) comprise the largest health care occupation in the U.S., yet the demand for RNs exceeds supply. The nursing shortage continues to expand, fueled by increases in population rates, greater longevity, and technological advances in health care. The nursing shortage is exacerbated by other factors, including the number of nurses aging out of the workforce and dissatisfied nurses leaving the profession prematurely. Additionally, the workplace is evolving in critical ways that increase the time required of existing nurses, including factors such as evidence-based practice, emphasis on quality and safety, and technology requirements, to name a few.
You have chosen to prepare yourself today for the challenges of tomorrow, and we are here for you. When you leave the classroom, you will take with you enhanced professional expertise and insights for your patients, their care, and the health care industry as a whole. When you graduate, you will be prepared to meet the specific demands you will face tomorrow; the demands of YOUR time. Welcome! Walden is glad you chose us as the place where you want to learn. Your legacy has begun.
Grossman and Valiga, in their book The New Leadership Challenge: Creating the Future of Nursing (2009), sum up leadership and the pursuit of excellence in nursing with these words of advice, quoted from Claude T. Bissell, Canadian author and educator, and the University of Toronto’s eighth president.
Care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible. (Grossman & Valiga, p. 191)
- Analyze challenges and solutions related to nursing
- Evaluate the role of advanced education as it relates to developing a personal nursing legacy
- Analyze the impact of nurses on patients, peers, and superiors
- Analyze the role of leadership in the field of nursing
- Develop a technology plan for use in an online classroom
- Reflect on personal and professional strengths and needs
Heege, M. (2011). The empty carriage: Lessons in leadership from Florence Nightingale. Nursing Science Quarterly, 24(1), 21–25.
Hinds, P. S., Britton, D., Coleman, L., Engh, E., Humbel, T. K., Keller, S., … Walczak, D. (2015). Creating a career legacy map to help assure meaningful work in nursing. Nursing Outlook, 63(2), 211–218.
Document: Week 1 Assignment 1 Form (Word document)
Laureate Education (Producer). (2009a). Issues and trends in nursing: Introduction [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2009d). Welcome to the BSN program at Walden University. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Creating a Technology Backup Plan [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 6 minutes.
Walden University. (2020a). Section 1: Experience as an online student [Video]. In Online student roundtable discussion. Walden University Blackboard. https://class.waldenu.edu
Writing Resources and Program Success Tools
Document: Academic Writing Expectations (AWE) Checklist, Weeks 1–3 (Word document)
This checklist will help you self-assess your writing to see if it meets academic writing standards for this course.
Document: Discussion Post Tips: Weeks 1–3 (PDF)
Walden University. (n.d.-e). Common course assignments: Discussion posts. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/assignments/discussionpost
Walden University. (n.d.-h). Paragraphs: Overview. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/paragraphs
Walden University. (n.d.-o). Using evidence: Overview. Retrieved September 22, 2015, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/evidence
Document: Discussion Checklist (PDF)
Use this one-page checklist to prepare, write, and respond to your weekly discussions.
Document: Assignment Checklist (PDF)
Use this one-page checklist to prepare, write, and review feedback for your weekly assignments.
Discussion: Creating Your Personal Nursing Legacy
Many nurses throughout history have left long and distinguished legacies of excellence in a variety of ways. What impact might you have on the patients with whom you come into contact every day?
The past and current challenges to nursing and health care have been and are being met by exemplary nurse leaders. Each has exhibited or is exhibiting enhanced focus and ideation, enriched values, purpose, and grit! The successful nurse leader must prepare to be an effective thinker, communicator, motivator, and champion of personalized health care.
Nurses have built and will continue to build upon a rich legacy of innovations and commitment to meet issues of nursing and health care. Florence Nightingale, for example, was highly educated, focused on a path of lifelong discovery, and dedicated to knowledge and science in the service of others. Her legacy made us a better society.
Your individual nursing legacy is an integral part of the legacy of nursing as a whole. Think about how you want to be remembered at the end of your nursing career. Envision what you want to leave to the profession in the areas of practice, education, and research. Make a conscious decision to plan deliberately what your legacy will be, rather than just letting it happen. Review the Learning Resources and write at least 350 words addressing one of the following Discussion topics.
In this Discussion, you have the opportunity to begin considering your own personal nursing legacy.
- Review the Discussion Post Tips Document in the Writing Resources and Program Success Tools for this week. Your initial post must be 2 paragraphs and at least 350 words.
- Review the Laureate Education video titled Issues and Trends in Nursing: Introduction (2009a) provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Explore this week’s Writing Resources and Program Success Tools, specifically:
- Academic Writing Expectations (AWE) Checklist, Weeks 1–3
- “Common Course Assignments: Discussion Posts” (Walden University, n.d.-e)
- “Paragraphs: Overview” (Walden University, n.d.-h)
- “Using Evidence: Overview” (Walden University, n.d.-o)
- Review the following articles, provided in this week’s Learning Resources:
- “The Empty Carriage: Lessons in Leadership From Florence Nightingale” (Heege, 2011)
- “Creating a Career Legacy Map to Help Assure Meaningful Work in Nursing” (Hinds et al., 2015)
By Day 3
Describe at least two current and/or future challenges in nursing and the solutions that are being proposed to meet those challenges. Explain how furthering your education will enable you to build upon your personal nursing legacy in meeting these types of challenges.
Describe a nurse colleague or current nurse leader who inspires you. Identify and describe how this person’s actions have led to positive outcomes related to patients, peers, and/or supervisors. What do you see yourself doing similarly or differently?
By Day 7
Read and respond to two or more of your colleagues’ postings by sharing how you would change what you wrote based upon what you read in other posts. Also consider providing a supporting statement about each colleague’s vision for his/her personal nursing legacy based on at least one of this week’s Learning Resources. Ask a clarifying question about each colleague’s vision for his/her personal nursing legacy.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.
Post a discussion entry on 3 different days of the week. Refer to the Week 1 Discussion Rubric found in the Course Information area, located in the top left area of the course or access the link below.
Submission and Grading Information
To access your rubric:
Week 1 Discussion Rubric
Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 7
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 1 Discussion
Assignment 1: Technology Contingency Plan
Learning online will put you into contact with a number of new technologies. Some of the tools that you will use will be easy to understand and even fun to engage with, but you may also encounter technology that you find frustrating. Technology can and does enhance learning, and technology also can cause many distractions. In this Assignment, you will view the Creating a Technology Backup Plan media located in this week’s Learning Resources and complete the Technology Contingency Plan worksheet.
- View the Creating a Technology Backup Plan video (Laureate Education, 2014), provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
- View the Assignment 1 Rubric to guide you in completing your Assignment.
- Access the Technology Contingency Plan worksheet in this week’s resources.
- Complete the Technology Contingency Plan worksheet.
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